EN - Olli (15) is a lonely bully who creates trouble whenever he can. He spends his days riding his motorcycle and hanging around in the park and lives with his grandmother because his mum is hospitalised with terminal cancer. She is determined to throw a party in the hospital for Olli's upcoming 16th birthday. But since Olli has no friends to invite and doesn’t want to let her down, he must find some. And fast.

FR - Olli (15 ans) est un adolescent costaud qui sème le trouble dès qu’il en a l’occasion. Il passe ses journées à rouler à moto et à traîner dans le parc. Il vit avec sa grand-mère parce que sa mère, atteinte du cancer, doit rester à l’hôpital. Incertaine de son avenir, elle propose d’organiser une fête à l’hôpital pour l’anniversaire d’Olli. Mais comme Olli n’a pas d’ami qu’il pourrait inviter, il essaie dans un premier temps de trouver des excuses pour annuler la fête. Cependant, il ne veut pas laisser tomber sa mère et commence dès lors à chercher des personnes qu’il pourrait inviter à son 16ème anniversaire.


Title Skunk
Original title Rotkop
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-07-21


Cast Enrique De Roeck, Marthe Schneider, Yavuz Saçikara, Sara De Bosschere
Photography Rik Zang
Editing Maarten Janssens
Music Raf Keunen
Executive producer Caroline van Ranst

Technical specs

Running time film 18'
Release format ARRI Alexa
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Alexander Baert
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

Triple awards at HollyShorts

Three short films from Flanders were honoured at the HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood last week. Jan and Raf Roosens’ short Skunk (Rotkop) was awarded Best Drama, while Crossroads by Wouter Bouvijn went home with the Best International Award. Tom Van Avermaet’s Oscar-nominated short Death of a Shadow received the Hollyshorts Special Jury Award. The HollyShorts Film Festival (15-22 August) annually showcases the best and brightest short films from around the globe.

SkunkDuring the festival’s awards ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel Ballroom in Hollywood, Jan and Raf Roosens’ short film Skunk was laureled as Best Drama. An 18-minute film, it features Olli, a lonely teenage skunk who spends his days hanging around the park, making trouble whenever he can.

Published on Monday 26 August 2013

Flanders foursome selected for Festroia’s competition

Four Flemish features have been selected for competition at the 29th Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Brasserie RomantiqueThe Broken Circle BreakdownOffline and Time of My Life are all in the running to take home some prizes. This year, the festival has also organised a focus on Belgium and pays homage to Flemish actor Jan Decleir.

Madly in LoveBoth Joel Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique and Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown screen as part of the fest’s official competition. Peter Monsaert’s directorial debut Offline is selected for the competitive First Works section, while Nic Baltazar is competing in the Man and His Environment category with Time of My Life.

Published on Wednesday 29 May 2013

Skunk’s international tour continues

Jan and Raf Roosens’s short Skunk has been selected for the 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in Germany (2-7 May). Other Flemish shorts in the Oberhausen line-up are Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s award-winning animated short Oh Willy… and Herman Asselberghs’ Speech Act.

skunk summaryThe Roosens brothers  quickly made a name for themselves in the advertising world as directors. Skunk is their first short film for Antwerp-based production company Rococo. Producer was Caroline van Ranst.

Published on Wednesday 10 April 2013

Best Short Film for Skunk at Slamdance

Skunk, a short film by Jan & Raf Roosens, has won the Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Short Film at the Slamdance Film Festival (18 – 24 January) in Park City, Utah. The jury praised the film for its ‘outstanding ensemble, emotional resonance and its bold portrayal of teenage alienation.’

Still of Jan & Raf Roosens's SkunkThe Grand Jury Sparky Award is definitely not Skunk’s first international recognition. Earlier, the short won Best Short Film at the International Film Festival of Guanajuato in Mexico and Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Gijon International Film Festival in Spain. Last September,Skunk was also named Best Short Film at the Ostend Film Festival.

Published on Saturday 26 January 2013

Time of My Life and The Invader grab Awards in Ostend

At the close of the Ostend Film Festival (7 – 15 September 2012) the Flemish film industry gathered in Ostend for the third annual Flemish Film Awards, now called the ‘Ensors’. Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life, Nicolas Provost’s The Invader and Frank Van Mechelen’s Germaine were the winners of the evening with three or more Awards. This edition also saw the introduction of a number of new awards such as Best Documentary (Epilogue).

Still of Nic Balthazar's Time of My LifeTime of my life (pictured on the left) won the awards for Best feature, Best actor in a leading role (Geert Van Rampelberg) and Best Editing (Philippe Ravoet). Based on a true story, Time of My Life is the story of MS-patient  Mario Verstraete who was not only instrumental in legalising euthanasia in Belgium… but was also the first to make use of that new law. Peter Bouckaert produced the film for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama.

Published on Saturday 15 September 2012

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Director Raf Roosens, Jan Roosens
Producers Raf Roosens, Jan Roosens
Writers Sanne Nuyens, Bert Van Dael

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